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(NRP-82) 3D leafcutter ant

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3D leafcutter ant
Matt Hutchings

A 3D model of the leafcutter ant Acromyrmex octospinosus which lives in symbiosis with antibiotic-producing actinomycete bacteria. The antibiotics produced by the bacteria are used as weedkillers by the ants in the cultivation of a symbiotic food fungus. We are analysing these co-evolved actinomycetes at the Norwich Research Park as a potential source of novel antibiotics.

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